Author: Procurement

Job Post: Procurement Category Manager (Information Technology)

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Under the general direction of the University Director of Procurement Services and/or a designated administrator, the Procurement Services Technology (IT) Category Manager is responsible for the administration and oversight of procurement activities for all IT related goods and services for all University of Connecticut campuses, including UConn Health in Farmington, CT.

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Liquid Helium Shortage

Due to the current helium shortage, our primary contracted supplier, AirGas, notified UConn our allocation of liquid helium will be reduced, and a price increase of 30% will take affect November 1st.  Based upon our known and understood demand requirements, this allocable amount will not sufficiently meet current research needs.   We are faced with some difficult decisions regarding allocation and demand management. Continue reading

Job Post: Purchasing Agent 1

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Under the supervision of the Director of Procurement Services, Research Category Manager, or other designated supervisor as assigned, the Purchasing Agent I is responsible for independently performing a full range of routine procurement duties involving the purchase of lab supplies, research related equipment and/or services in support of the University’s research community for the Storrs, Regional campuses and UConn Health in Farmington.

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Guidelines for Surplus & Equipment Share Opportunities

The terms and conditions of sponsored awards may have specific requirements for the acquisition of equipment, such as the National Science Foundation, which requires that before equipment is purchased the grantee assures the same or similar equipment is not otherwise reasonably available and accessible.  Further, 2 CFR OMB part 200 Uniform Guidance 200.318 lays out the requirements for equipment purchases with federal funds.  The rationale for these regulations is that shared use of existing equipment promotes availability of equipment on university campuses, reduces unnecessary duplication of equipment, and frees up federal funds to further the aims and objectives of the award.

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Water Cooler Guidelines

The University has adopted a new guideline as it pertains to the purchase of bottled water coolers.  The guideline helps promote sustainability and cost containment values, and brings the University in alignment with practices at other State of Connecticut agencies as previously established by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) pertaining to bottled water purchasing.  For additional information, please contact Kristin Allen in Procurement Services at 860-486-0970 kristin.allen@uconn.edu.

Water Cooler Guidelines

Introducing SMBeConnect

SMBe Connect

UConn's SMBeConnect Tool

UConn Procurement Services has launched a new SMBeConnect tool on our Supplier Diversity (USDP) website. It is designed, primarily, to assist small/minority business enterprises (S/MBEs) seeking to conduct business here at the University, by connecting them directly with the buying team responsible for managing their particular commodity(ies).

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Fraudulent Toner Activity Alert

Procurement Services has recently been made aware of fraudulent activity relating to the “alleged” purchase of toner, printing supplies and/or service.  It appears that someone has been calling departments on campus to discuss a “placed” order and seeking to verify address delivery information.   Please be advised that this is fraudulent and you should not provide such requested information.    Continue reading